AI-Powered Agriculture Projects Launched in 2022

Everything from Microsoft’s tech suite to ICAR hackathon!
agritech, Indian agritech sector, farm data
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Recently, while inaugurating the ‘Agri Startup Conclave and Exhibition’, PM Narendra Modi called for adopting technology-based modern farming techniques and said that the country needs to incorporate more scientific and technological methods.

With an estimated 9.9 billion humans on the planet by 2050, the food demand is projected to skyrocket by 35%—56%

Fortunately, emerging technology provides a solution: AI. However, there’s still a major need (and field) for improvements.

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Here are the top projects that drove the agri-tech industry using AI/ML and data science in 2022!

Microsoft’s Project FarmVibes

Microsoft Research is open-sourcing its agricultural data and connectivity technologies to boost farmers’ yields while reducing costs and helping the agricultural industry take responsibility for its role in climate change.

The tech suite, dubbed Project FarmVibes, builds upon data analysis and integration work with Microsoft’s customers like Land O’ Lakes and Bayer by incorporating the cloud provider’s latest research in precision and sustainable agriculture, as Microsoft’s Jake Siegel explained in a blog.

Cropin Cloud launched world’s first cloud 

The Bengaluru-based agritech firm launched Cropin Cloud, the ‘world’s first cloud for agriculture’. It brings together a suite of agriculture digitisation applications, access to data sources, and AI-powered agri-intelligence into an integrated platform to digitally transform the agri-ecosystem.

The platform results from Cropin’s 12+ years of experience and expertise in enabling the agriculture ecosystem with tech and data. With this platform, Cropin will help agribusinesses manage the complexity of converging multiple-point technology solutions while simultaneously enjoying the flexibility of choosing the right solutions based on where they are in their digital transformation journey.

WayCool Foods launched its app

India’s fastest-growing agri-commerce company has launched its next-gen AI-powered ‘Outgrow’ app. It aims to enable small, medium and marginalised farmers to increase their income and profitability through AI and advanced analytics while also encouraging natural farming.

The app will provide comprehensive advisory and personalised solutions in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi, and English.

LG Group joined government’s smart project

LG Group’s IT solutions unit LG CNS announced in April that it had joined the government’s new smart farming project to build an artificial intelligence-based platform that offers the ultimate guidelines for more efficient and high-yield farming.

The project—launched by the Agriculture Ministry and the local government of South Jeolla Province—aims to create 543,000 square-metres of intelligent farmland in the rural city of Naju, some 355 kilometres south of Seoul, by 2023.

Deere revealed AI-driven tractor

Deere showcased its fully autonomous AI-driven 8R farm tractor.

The tractor is the culmination of Deere’s planning and investment in automation, data analytics, and engineering. While much of that R&D has been homegrown, the company has also acquired and partnered with agtech startups, harvesting know-how and talent.

Huawei collaborated with Dronetech for new app

In October, Huawei and Dronetech announced new applications from their collaboration in smart farming.

The two companies updated their project that started in 2021 and introduced how their 5G and IoT technologies can advance sustainability in agriculture. The companies also hosted a panel of digitalisation and agriculture experts discussing how technology innovation, and 5G particularly, can promote sustainable farming amid rising global concerns for food security.

ITC launched the app ‘ITCMAARS’

One of the largest FMCG players in India, ITC launched its app ‘Meta Market for Advanced Agricultural Services’ (ITCMAARS). The objective of the platform is to lay out agricultural services to farmers.

The app has been launched in seven states with over 40,000 farmers grouped in 200-plus farmer-produce organisations (FPOs). 

The platform provides AI/ML-driven, value-added personalised and hyperlocal crop advisories, such as customised ‘Crop Calendar’ for scientific planning of crop cycles, ‘Crop Doctor’ for real-time resolution of crop infestation, access to inputs, market linkages, real-time soil testing, precision farming, among others.

ICAR organised national-level hackathon

Indian Council of Agricultural Research, with its National Agricultural Higher Education Project and Crop Science Division, is organising ‘Kritagya 3.0’, a hackathon to promote speed breeding for crop improvement.

This program is an opportunity for students, entrepreneurs, innovators, and others to demonstrate methods and extend support to winners to further develop their concepts in collaboration with agri-business incubators, MSMEs and other investors through the support of ICAR.

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Tasmia Ansari
Tasmia is a tech journalist at AIM, looking to bring a fresh perspective to emerging technologies and trends in data science, analytics, and artificial intelligence.

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